Below you can see 31 our favorite wildlife animal photos from this week’s news stories.
Barbary apes sit in the snow in their enclosure in the zoo of Salem, southern Germany, Thursday Jan. 17, 2013. Weather forecasts predict cold winter weather for the next few days in Germany.
Xiao Liwu, a 5 1/2-month-old male panda, looks on from his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in San Diego.
Xiao Liwu, a 5 1/2-month-old male panda rolls on his back at the San Diego Zoo Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in San Diego.
Xiao Liwu, a 5 1/2-month-old male panda, below, nurses as his mother, Bai Yun, above, looks on at the San Diego Zoo Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in San Diego.
Haui-San, front, a Clouded Leopard cub, plays with his leash as his brother Niki-San looks off behind, during a garden walk at the San Diego Zoo Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in San Diego. The cubs, both about five months old, are undergoing training before interacting with the public.
Female gorilla Changa-Maida holds her newborn baby at the zoo of Muenster, western Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. The cub was born on Jan. 13 and the keepers could not find out yet if it is male or female.
Two arctic wolves stand in the snow on January 16, 2013 at the small zoo of Servion, Western Switzerland.
An arctic wolf’s nose is covered with snow on January 16, 2013 at the small zoo of Servion, Western Switzerland.
Two emus stand in the snow on January 16, 2013 at the small zoo of Servion, Western Switzerland.
Horses graze in a field in Oakley as heavy snow fall sweeps across the country in Oakley, Suffolk, United Kingdom on January 18, 2013 in Suffolk, United Kingdom.
Deer graze after snowfall at Helmingham Hall in Helmingham, Suffolk, United Kingdom on January 18, 2013 in Suffolk, United Kingdom.
Storks stand in a snow covered nest, on January 15, 2013, in the Orangerie park in Strasbourg, eastern France, after snow blanketed several French departments.
A raccoon dog looks out from his its shelter covered by snow on January 16, 2013 at the small zoo of Servion, Western Switzerland.
A Blue Eared Pheasant, Crossoptilon auritum, takes an interest in the photographer on January 16, 2013 at the small zoo of Servion, Western Switzerland. The Blue Eared Pheasant is found throughout mountain forests of central China.
A Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) locally know as Lawin, swoops down on a prey in the sea inside an enclosure of Ocean park along Manila bay on January 15, 2013, during its launching of birds of prey as part of the park’s latest attraction. The Brahminy kite has a pure white head and chest, and feeds on carrion (dead animals), insects, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, and fish. It can be found in India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh and southeast Asia.
A Bearded Tit perches on a reed amongst the reedbeds in Hyde Park on January 14, 2013 in London, England. The birds, a pair spotted for the first time last week, offer a rare opportunity to see them as this species has never before been seen in inner London. Since their arrival twitchers have flocked to the area for a rare glimpse of the birds.
A Japanese macaque (Macaca Fuscata) breastfeeds its baby at the zoo in Rio de Janeiro, on January 9, 2013.
A Japanese macaque (Macaca Fuscata) cares its baby at the zoo in Rio de Janeiro, on January 9, 2013.
Kutchani, a female lion eats a frozen milk iceblock in its enclosure at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney on January 8, 2013. Keepers at the Taronga zoo prepared cold treats for animals to give them respite from the hot weather.
A Japanese macaque enters an open-air hot spring bath set up at the Everland amusement and animal park in Yongin, south of Seoul, on January 9, 2013. Unusually cold weather has ensnared the country for the past week, with the temperature in the capital Seoul hitting minus 11 degrees Celsius (12 F) on January 9.
Monkeys play during the Pro-Am for the Volvo Golf Champions at Durban Country Club on January 9, 2013 in Durban, South Africa.
A red handed Tamarin is being fed with a locust during stock taking at the Zoo in Duisburg, Germany, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. Some 3,657 animals of 262 species are counted at the zoo.
A California sea lion that was apparently shot in the face with a shotgun raises his head as he is released by a Sea World rescue team back into the Pacific Ocean Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in San Diego. The 300-pound sea lion nicknamed Buck has been rehabilitating at a Sea World facility since October, when he was found wounded and missing an eye along a beach in La Jolla, Calif.
A California sea lion nicknamed Buck that was apparently shot in the face with a shotgun runs along the beach as he is released by a Sea World rescue team back into the Pacific Ocean Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in San Diego. The 300-pound sea lion has been rehabilitating at a Sea World facility since October, when he was found wounded and missing an eye along a beach in La Jolla, Calif.
A silvery marmoset looks through a window to check for food at Whipsnade Zoo on January 8, 2013.
Dogs slip as they play fight on the frozen Houhai Lake in Beijing on January 12, 2013. The lake attracts scores of tourists and locals who use its frozen surface for skating, ice swimming and even exercising their dogs despite winter temperatures of up to minus 18 Celsius (0 F).
In this Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 photo provided by Marina Lacasse, killer whales surface through a small hole in the ice near Inukjuak, in Northern Quebec. Mayor Peter Inukpuk urged the Canadian government Wednesday to send an icebreaker as soon as possible to crack open the ice and help the pod of about a dozen orcas find open water. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it is sending officials to assess the situation.
A member of staff holds a handfull of butterflies at The Glasshouse at RHS Wisley Gardens on January 11, 2013 near Woking, England. Rare and exotic butterflies have been placed in The Glasshouse for visitors from January 12 to February 24, 2013.
Two swans look for edible water plants at Zaanse Schans area in Zaandam, north of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013. Zaanse Schans is not an open air museum but was designed to preserve the cultural heritage of Zaan river region and attracts around 1 million visitors annually. Temperatures in the center of the country went down to about -11 degrees Celsius (12 degrees Fahrenheit).
Jamil the four week old Greater One Horned Rhinosauras stands with her mother Behan in their enclosure at Whipsnade Zoo on January 8, 2013 in Dunstable, England. The 3ft high baby rhino weighing 59kg at birth made her first public appearance today as keepers at the zoo undertook their annual stocktake.
New born lion babies are held by zoo-owner and local zoo keepers in the ‘Szorako-Zoo’ of Gyongyos, Hungary, on January 4, 2013. The lion babies were born three weeks ago in December and will be shown to the public after their first vaccination, in middle of January.